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Old 8th May 2011, 6:27 PM   #1
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Are there any natural remedies for allergies?

This is season has been particularly bad but any kind of medication on the market has tons of side effects that I don't want. Is there any way to manage this without doping myself up?
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Old 8th May 2011, 7:03 PM   #2
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Allergies suck.

You can try:

-getting enough sleep
-avoiding alcohol
-avoiding scratching eyes at all costs
-neti pot
-eating local honey (supposedly)
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Old 11th May 2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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Gargle everynight with salt and warm water.
Buy a nose spray that is saline based, (it's all natural, salt and water) and sprinse your nose with it a few times daily. It'll help keep your nasals clean and clear.

Google Boiron. They have great stuff, all organic and safe, no side effects either.
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Old 11th May 2011, 10:39 PM   #4
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I broke down and bought a neti pot. Despite the process being completely disgusting it actually works. I am also taking vitamin c which helps as well. This has been one of the worst seasons I have experienced but it should be over in about a week when everything is done blooming.
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Im scared to try that..Neti pot. Something about snorfing in and letting it out the other nostril freaks me out. Let me know how it goes, k!
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[QUOTE=whichwayisup;3394610]Im scared to try that..Neti pot. Something about snorfing in and letting it out the other nostril freaks me out. Let me know how it goes, k![/QUOTE
It takes a while to get used to but it does actually work. It's best to do it in front of a mirror though so you know you are doing it right.
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I had allergies last year and used a Neti pot. It was worth it and really helped me breathe easier. It's something that takes getting use to that's for sure.

The local honey is if you have a plant allergy, because bees pollinate basically everything in the area and you get small doses of your allergen in the honey. If you continue to give your body small doses of what you are allergic to, it will eventually adapt and become more immune to it overtime.
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I used to have terrible seasonal allergies, but no longer. Immunotherapy worked very well for me.
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Old 15th May 2011, 2:01 PM   #9
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I have found that the Net Pot irritates my sinuses though I probably did overdo it. Luckily things seem to be done blooming.
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Local honey. It works wonders!
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Sadly, the general medical consensus is 'no'. Not to any significant degree at least.

If you're getting allergic rhinitis, should consider the nasal sprays. It's locally applied, so there's very minimal systemic side effects.
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If they act up again I will try the local honey but we had some nice rain here that washed everything away. I am feeling better than I have felt in weeks.
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I have used a neti pot for some considerable time, and I have had nothing but benefits.
Colds last a day or two, as opposed to over a week, and strangely, it's helped my tinnitus. too.
Gruesome/yucky as it sounds, I have absolutely no regrets using one at all.
I have a very good one with an included measuring spoon and marked level on the pot, helping to create a synergistic mix of salt/warm water.
It's the same saline consistency of tears.
It's important to get the mix right, or over-use with the wrong blend, could irritate the sinuses.....
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i just suck it up (pun intended!!! )

but i also take Vit. C and a stress B complex.

i swim too and that helps.
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